Nutrition & Diabetes

Archive for September 2011


This week’s http://www.foodpicker.org question is: My husband has diabetes and this time of year we attend a lot of football games.  Before the game we often will meet up with friends for tailgating parties.  Can you give me some healthy ideas of what we can eat during the tailgate?

Tailgating parties are the best because you spend time with friends and eat lots of yummy food.  Believe it or not tailgating can be healthy and still be tasty.  Yummy guacamole or an avocado salsa with multigrain pita chips or tortilla chips is nutritious and tasty.  Salsa and bean dips are also good dipping sides too.  A platter of veggies, low-fat cheese and whole grain crackers make great snacks.  A fruit salad or fruit kabob can make a nice after meal dessert.

As a main dish chicken, beef, or shrimp kabob mixed with assorted vegetables is very tasty.  Also, veggie burgers, lean beef burgers, chicken patty, or turkey patties served on a whole wheat bun or a whole wheat sandwich thin might be a good idea.  Some hearty chili is a nice main dish for a tailgate party.

People with diabetes can eat any food.  Moderation is really the key to navigate through all the tailgate food and making sure that your meal has a balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat.

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This week’s http://www.foodpicker.org question is: Diabetes runs in my family and I think this puts me at risk.  Could you tell me what are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes?

According to the American Dietetic Association, the “common symptoms of diabetes include fatigue, increased thirst and urination, infections and cuts that don’t heal, blurred vision, hunger and weight loss.”

Diabetes affects millions of people.  Yet many people do not even know they have diabetes.

It is better to know as soon as possible if you have diabetes so you can start managing it.  If diabetes goes untreated, it can lead to serious complications like heart disease, kidney disease, foot problems, and blindness.  If you think you have type 2 diabetes, it would be best to talk to your doctor and get the proper diagnosis.

Moderate weight loss, regular physical activity, and making dietary changes like increasing whole grains, and reducing calories and fat in the diet can help manage or reduce the risk of diabetes.

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About Me

Iris M. Pacheco, MS, RD, LD/N

This was a blog I wrote during 2010-2011 while I was a dietetics and nutrition student.

Through this blog I volunteered to answer questions from people with diabetes that were submitted to http://www.FOODPICKER.org.

FOODPICKER.org is a website that helps people with diabetes make better food choices. It holds of large databases of food items and gives recommendations on which foods to have "More Often," "In Moderation," or "Less Often."

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